Hi, I am new in Windows 7. I want to install a second taskbar or toolbar like we used to do with XP. When using XP I could just drag the "my Computer" icon towars one of the sides of the screen and immediately a second toolbar was created with all the "my Computer" data in it.
I wonder if i can do the same thing or something similar with Windows 7 that will allow me to install a second toolbar, say, on top side of the screen?
There is no my in front of folders in W7, the Computer icon can be shown on desktop but you can't create a toolbar with it by dragging to the side.
You can create toolbars by right click on taskbar and select folder. There are a lot of changes that can make it easier to find what you want.
There is a tutorial on the Windows seven forum: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/?ltr=L<r=L
That's not the same thing as a separate toolbar, and it's no substitute. Extra toolbars have the advantage of location: a left-side toolbar, for example, removes the need to travel across the entire expanse of screen - my mouse is closer to the top-left of the screen FAR more often than it is near the bottom left - but i have never liked the toolbar anywhere except the bottom because the buttons were too big. To work around this omission, I initially wrote my own "extra toolbar" program and used it white figuring out a satisfactory native solution.
I now position "the" toolbar on the left side of the screen instead of the bottom, about an inch wide with autohide turned off. In the topmost position, I pin JumplistLauncher, where i keep the most important items from my pre-7 toolbar set, separated into categories. An imperfect workaround, but tolerable.
My other big complaint was that it is difficult to start additional instances of programs, but that turned out to be an error on my part: middle-clicking does start a second instance. I also find useful the fact that dragging a taskbar button toward the desktop always opens the program's jumplist.
Now, if I could just open all instances of a program with one mouse operation instead of it requiring multiple trips to the previews. It's a shame that there is a "close all windows" but not an "open all windows".
I had the same problem. Have always used the side toolbar this way since windows NT.
I found an application online (free download), that after a bit a fiddelling with the settings looks like the old windows sidebar.